Previous Farenthold Endowed Lecture Events
The Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture Series in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights honors Sissy for her relentless pursuit of social justice. Houston’s Rothko Chapel, where Sissy served as chair of the board for many years, hosts the lecture at the Chapel in alternating years.
In line with Sissy’s own history of exposing and responding to injustices and inequality as both a public servant and citizen, the lecture series brings to Austin and Houston internationally renowned scholars, activists and politicians who inspire their audiences to think and act creatively to respond to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
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Dorothy Roberts: “The Long Struggle to Abolish Reproductive Slavery”
Arundhati Roy: “Fascism, Fiction, and Freedom in the Time of the Virus”Speaker:
- Arundhati Roy Author and Political Activist
Charles M. Blow: “Is this really a racial reckoning?”Speaker:
- Charles M. Blow New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Author of "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"
Ruth Wilson Gilmore: “Meanwhile: Making Abolition Geographies”Speaker:
- Ruth Wilson Gilmore Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, American Studies; Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Elizabeth Yeampierre: “Climate Justice: The Time is Now, The Place is Here”Speaker:
- Elizabeth Yeampierre Executive Director, UPROSE and Co-Chair, Climate Justice Alliance
Ai-jen Poo: “Immigration and the Future of American Families”Speaker:
- Ai-jen Poo National Domestic Workers Alliance, Caring Across Generations
Darren Walker: “Yes Justice, Yes Peace: The Role of Art in Confronting Inequality”Speaker:
- Darren Walker President, Ford Foundation
Mark Danner: “Spiraling Down: Human Rights, Endless War”Speaker:
- Mark Danner Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism, UC Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College